October 10th, 2010
07:37 AM ET

Much pomp as N. Korea's next leader debuts

North Korea's increasingly reclusive leader, Kim Jong Il, made a rare public appearance with his youngest son Sunday at a massive military parade billed as one of the largest in the nation.

Dignitaries from around the world, including China, Russia, Nepal, Poland, Austria and Mongolia, attended the event. Officials said 20,000 military personnel took part. They marched in lockstep as huge pieces of military hardware - including tanks and missiles - rolled along the parade route as part of celebration marking the 65th anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea.

Thousands of military personnel erupt into applause and chants as the Kims appeared in the capital to start the parade. FULL STORY

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  1. termlimits

    It's ironic how starving people continue to support such horrific leaders.

    October 10, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary8711

      Do they have a choice?

      October 11, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Dexter

      We didn't over throw Bush during 8 years........he made us what we are today.

      October 11, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Geez

      Wow, Dexter I didnt realize the President had all power... I guess Obama, Pelosi and Reid were as ineffective then as they are now.

      October 11, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. phil


    October 10, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Alfred

    He looks like he hasn't had a lick of exercise in his life. I wonder if he'll have heart attack before he's 40?

    October 10, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. okay

    Surprised you know who wasn't there. Probably sent flowers and a congratulations card .

    October 10, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. okay

    @term..the people have to support him or he will have them killed .

    October 10, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. okay

    Would have been a perfect time to drop a nuke.

    October 10, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. phil

    I wonder if his fav. news channel is CNN like his dad.

    October 10, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. hmm.


    October 10, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. phil

    In N. Korea, living in a city is considered to be an honor, not a right. For instance, if you are convicted of shoplifting or writing a hot check, you are banished to the countryside...away from the city. These same lawless acts are captal offenses in China, making it easy to understand how difficult it must be for N. Korreans and the Chinese to conduct business with Americans.

    October 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. phil

    No furthur comments?

    October 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. phil


    October 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. phil

    Clickety click (click)

    October 10, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim Brieske

    He went to school in Switzerland. Betcha he loves chocolate. Maybe President Obama will bribe him a ship loads of Hershey's chocolate bars once he becomes the new dictator of North Korea.
    I rather see ship loads of Hershey chocolate bar carrying American soldiers go stomp on them. Then hand out the candy bars to the kids.
    Whatever happened to just doing something because it's the right thing to do? We didn't have to draft, build up our manufacturing and go fight in Europe during WWII. We could have sat back and let the whole thing playout.
    We should draft a million of these 18 to 20 year olds. All they are doing is driving around texting, playing that loud black music with the bass and lyrics about f ing. That's all black males sing about nowadays. Want to know who the best singers were and are?
    Frank Sinatra
    Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
    Johnny Cash
    Alanis Morisette
    Aretha Franklin
    The Carpenters
    Taylor Swift
    Elvis Presley
    Their songs tell a story with great vocals and good decent lyrics.

    October 10, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      You realize that after the Pearl Harbor attack Adolf Hitler declared war against the US. Probably one of his biggest mistakes in the war, before that time the people of the United States were very divided on whether to go to Europe or not. As for the second part of your post literally all of the artists you listed were themselves talking about f'ing.

      October 11, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • UO111


      During the Korean War, many 18-20 year old soldiers did get drafted, and it was one of the most bloody wars ever fought. It's easy for you to encourage war, because you obviously aren't going to be the one fighting or going through the horrors of war. Like, searching around for dead mutilated bodies, or worrying about getting your throat slit in the middle of the night by a Chinese soldier, or seeing a hundred comrades dying every day. Maybe you should think about that when you're eating a Hershey's bar.

      October 11, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. phil

    You forgot to mention Keiko Matsui and Chuck Loeb.

    October 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim Brieske

    The Beatles

    October 10, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
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